Don’t Miss the Code — Read / Photocopy Preface

Do you ever get in such a hurry doing research that you miss something important? That is usually my issue. I am trying to make myself slow down and record all of the information needed for a citation. However, during a recent research trip, I didn’t follow one of Michael John Neill’s tips: Read the Preface.

Because I didn’t read the preface or truly study one of the sources I used, I did not realize that the entries incorporated a code for the bibliography citations. As a result, I didn’t photocopy the introductory pages that decoded the citations.

Early Settlers of Gentry County, Missouri
Biographical Data
Researched Material Relative to Early Settlers of Gentry County, Missouri
1876 to early 1888

Researched by Carmeta Pierce obertson
Ancestor Lore
Ozark MO
997

Publisher
Carmeta (Pierce) Robertson
Ozark, Mo 65721-7518

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Crawford, Benjamin, young man
B: Gentry Co, MO, ca1858 D: Gentry CO, MO, 1880
PAS: George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford
Int: Cem, Gentry CO, MO
SUR: PAS: Mr. and Mrs. George Whitley Crawford, Gentry CO, MO
Siblings: Sophia Crawford (M. Mr. ? Pryor), Gentry CO, MO
Martha Crawford (M Mr. ? Shultz) Gentry CO, MO
James A. Crawford, to Oklahoma
Isaac N. Crawford, Gentry CO, MO
Ulysses S. Crawford (M Olive Sarah Trower), Gentry CO, MO
Anna Crawford (M Mr. ? Groomer), Gentry CO, MO
Miriam Crawford (M F. D. Gist), Gentry CO, MO
Margaret “Ceni” Crawford (M A. W. Gartin), Gentry CO, MO
Lueva “Lou” Crawford (M Wm. A. Patton), Gentry CO MO
Alverda \ Alberta Crawford (died at age 8 months)
Elsie Crawford (M 1) George Washington Gist 2) Joseph Baldock), Gentry CO, MO
GCMO Census 1870 & 1880, Miller Twp (Benjamin not listed in 1880);
McCammon, pp. 842-43; Goble, p 61

page 72

Crawford, William, husband of Julia A. (Williams) Crawford
B: KY, about 1836 D: ?Howard CO, MO, Mar 21, 1881
PAS: ? William and Nancy (?) Crawford
Sur: Widow: Mrs. Julia A. (Williams) Crawford
Ch: John Crawford, Vandalia, MO
G. T. Crawford, Fayette, MO
Dr William E. Crawford, Council Grove, KS
Jefferson D. Crawford (M Avis Clark, daughter of Joseph Silas and Martha Jane (Robertson) Clark)
Mrs. Enoch (Cleora) Brewer, McFall, MO
Mr. Crawford was a farmer and stockman and came to Howard CO, MO in
1880. Other children listed are: Margaret, Jaems, Chester, Dr.
Charles L. and Pauline Abigail Crawford, all deceased by 1922 when
McCammon was published.
GCMO Census, 1850, household #154; McCammon, pp 645-46

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Pryor, Sophia, wife of William Milton Pryor (M Gentry Co, MO, 1871)
B: Gentry CO, MO, sep 10, 1853 D: Gentry CO, MO, Apr 19, 1882/1883
PAS: George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford
Int: Old Friendship Cem. Gentryville, MO
p. 99
Sur: Husband: William Milton Pror, Gentry CO, MO
PAS: Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crawford, Gentryville, MO
Siblings: Martha Crawford
Benjamin Crawford
James A Crawford
I. N. Crawford
Miriam Crawford (M F. D. Gist), Gentry CO, MO
Cenia Crawford (M A. W. Garton\Gartin), Gentry CO, MO
Lou E. Crawford (M Wm. Alexander Patton), Gentry CO, MO
Ulysses S. Crawford (M. Olive Trower), Gentry CO, MO
William Milton’s parents were John and Miriam (?) Pryor.
McCammon, p 842; AL, Oct 1936; Old Friendship Cem Record

Since the above information was pulled from other sources, I need to find those sources. This is where that photocopy of the ‘code’ would have come in handy!

McCammon
AL
Old Friendship Cem Record
GCMO Census
Goble

GCMO likely stands for Gentry County Missouri census records, which I’ve already used. I was able to use Google to figure out that McCammon was a reference to the History of Davies County (Missouri) which I was able to find on Archives.org. I’m guessing that AL might refer to a periodical or journal since the note includes a month and year. Unfortunately, I don’t know what periodical or journal. And the ‘Goble’ citation is a complete mystery.

Since I was able to figure out the McCammon citations, I was able to locate the information in that source.

McCammon – History of Davies County
on archive.org – https://archive.org/details/historyofdaviess00leop/page/842

page 842

William A. Patton was married April 10, 1890, to Lou E. Crawford,
a daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford. Mrs.
Crawford was born in Kentucky in 1833, the daughter of Benjamin
Wheeler, a Baptist minister of the pioneer days who would never accept
a state salary for preaching. He was a well known man of his time.
Mrs. Crawford is now living in Miller Township at the age of 88 years.
George W. Crawford, an early settler of Miller Township, owned 260
acres of land at the time of his death in 1889. His remains are buried in
Old Friendship Cemetery. To the union of George W. and Elizabeth
(Wheeler) Crawford the following children were born: Sophia, married
William Pryor and died in 1882; Martha, deceased was married to

page 843

Lewis Shultz; Benjamin, died at the age of 24 years; James A., now liv-
in in Oklahoma; I. N., living in California; Miriam, deceased, was the
wife of F. D. Gist; Elsie, the widow of G. W. Gist of Miller Township
Cenia, married to A. W. Garton of Miller Township; Pou E., now Mrs.
Patton; and U.S., living in Miller Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Patton have 11 children as follows: Edith I, the wife
of V. C. Humphrey of Defiance, Okla.; Walter V., mentioned later: Jen-
nie, lives in Columbia where she is married to Paul E. Turner, a World
War veteran who served overseas and was wounded while in service;
Anna C., the wife of Marion Christie of Harrison County; Homer C., now
living in Montana; W. A., at home; Ruth, a teacher at McFall; Rose,
was a student in the King City High School for three years, graduated at
Palmer College, and is now at home; Hugh, a student in the McFall
High School; Louise, at home; and Charles, at home. Walter V. Patton
enlisted for service in the World War in September, 1917, and was com-
missioned second lieutenant at Camp Taylor, Aug. 1, 1918. He helped
train the rcruits at Fort Sill and remained there until he was mustered
out of service, Dec. 20, 1918. He is now living in Montana.

McCammon – History of Davies County

page 645

Mr. (Enoch) Brewer was married to Cleora Crawford, a native
of Fayette, Howard County, Missouri. She was educated in high school
and the Stanberry Normal school and was successfully engaged in teach-
ing for 13 years before her marriage, having taught in Kansas and Gen-
tryville and McFall. Mrs. Brewer is a daughter of William and Julia A.
(Williams) Crawford both natives of Kentucky. William Crawford
came to Missouri in 1880 and settled in Howard County where he was
engaged in farming and stock raising and was an extensive land owner.

page 646

He was a Democrat and a member of the Christian Church. He died
March 2, 1881, and his wife died June 1, 1891. There were the parents
of the following children: Margaret, James, Chester, Dr. Charles L.,
and Pauline Abigail, all of whom are deceased; G. T. a farmer and
stock raiser, Fayette, Mo.; Dr. William E., a physician and surgeon,
Council Grove, Kan.; John, a farmer and stockman, Vandalia, Mo.; and
Jefferson D., a salesman. To Mr. and Mrs. Brewer has been born one
child, Benjamin, born Nov. 12, 1907, a student in the public schools.

This isn’t the first time I’ve forgotten to copy key information from a source. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson.

George W. Crawford

Have you ever just stumbled across something that others may seem minor when it provides major clues. That’s what happened yesterday when I did a simple Google search for ‘Isaac Crawford Nancy Miller’.

That search led to a biography of George W. Crawford of Gentry County, Missouri in the book, The History of Gentry and Worth Counties, Missouri on page 421.

George W. Crawford

section 5, township 61,l range 30, is the owner of 223 acres of land, about
120 acres of which are under fence and in a fine state of cultivation. He
has a comfortable house, a good barn and a fine orchard. Mr. Crawford
the son of Isaac and Nancy (Miller) Crawford, both Kentuckians by birth.
During his infancy his parents died, and he was reared by his grand
parents. At the age of two years he was taken to Garrard County, Ken-
tucky, where he remained until ten years of age. In 1833, he moved
to Clay County, Missouri, continuing to reside there until about the year
1838, when he came to Gentry County. In 1846, he went to Santa Fe,
New Mexico, returning to Gentry County in the spring of 1847. In
1849, he took a trip to California and remained there until June, 1851,
when he again came to Gentry County, and here he has since lived. He
located on his present farm in 1852, and is a prominent farmer and stock
raiser of this vicinity. Mr. Crawford was married in Gentry County,
October 14, 1852, to Elizabeth Wheeler, who was born in Garrard County,
Kentucky, September 3, 1833. She is the daughter of Benjamin and
Sophia (Bradshaw) Wheeler, both of Garrard County. The result of 
this union was twelve children, ten of whom were living: Sophia J., James
A., Benjamin, Isaac N., Ulysses, Annie, Miriam, Cenie Margaret, Lueva
and Elsie. Mr. Crawford and wife are both members of the Baptist
Church.

Not only does this biography contain information about the travels of George W. Crawford as an adult, but it explains how Isaac Crawford’s children got from Indiana to Kentucky.

Since several of Nancy Miller’s siblings settled in the same area of Missouri at about the same time, this biography suggests that I need to do more research on those Miller siblings to learn more about the children of Isaac and Nancy Crawford.

Thanks Google for leading me to this biography. These are fantastic hints!

Aristippus Brown

As part of my CRAWFORD research, I’m trying to determine whether the Isaac Crawford of Jefferson County, Indiana is the same Isaac Crawford who married Nancy Miller in Garrard County, Kentucky. Thus, I’m trying to locate information on potential children. One of those potential children is Elizabeth Crawford who married Aristippus Brown in Clinton County, Missouri.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating much information on Aristippus Brown. What I’ve been able to locate is a marriage record, land records and mentions in county histories.

Aristippus Brown was married to Elizabeth Crawford in Clinton County, Missouri on 3 August 1836.

According to the History of Davies and Gentry Counties, MIssouri, Aristippus Brown was from Kentucky and lived near Genntryville in 1839. The history indicates that Aristippus Brown moved to California.

In May of 1840, Aristippus Brown and Elizabeth Brown his wife, sold land in Garrard County, Kentucky. This deed identifies Elizabeth as Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of Isaac Crawford and granddaughter of Jacob Miller.

Garrard County Kentucky
Land and Property

Deeds, Vols. N-O 1838-1843
FamilySearch Film 183247 DGS 8568105

Page 396

No. 1381 
Aristippus Brown [sc] to William W Duff
Deed
This Indenture made and entered into this 2nd day of May in the
year 1840 between Aristippus Brown and Elizabeth Brown his
wife, late Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of Isaac Crawford son
in law of Jacob Miller decd of the County of Clinton and State of
Missouri, by James Crawford their attorney in fact of and part
and William W Duff of Garrard County and State of Kentucky
of the other part, witnesseth that the said James Crawford attorney
as afsd for and in consideration of the sum of seventy five dollar
rs to him in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledg
ed has sold and by these presents conveys to the said Duff, all

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the right, title and interest of the said Brown and wife in
and to a tract of 197 1/2 acres of land, lying in Garrard Co Ky
on the waters of Paint Lick, and being the same on which
their ancestor Jacob Miller died, and from whom said Interest
descended, being the one sixth of one eleventh part of said land
supposed to be a fraction over three acres to the said Duff
his heirs [jc]
And the said Brown and Elizabeth his wife, by their said
attorney James Crawford by these presents covenant and agree
to and with said Duff that they will warrant and forever def
end the title to the Interest aforesaid free adn discharged of
all right Interest claim or demand of themselves their heirs
or assigns and from the claim or claims of all and every other
person or persons, whatever to said Duff, his heirs [jc] absolutely
In testimony whereof the said parties of the first part 
by their aforesaid attorney have hereunto set their hands and affix
ed their seals the date afsd
Aristipus Brown (seal)
Elizabeth Brown (seal)
by James A Crawford (seal)
State of Kentucky
Garrard County
I certify that this deed from Aristippus
Brown and Elizabeth Brown his wife, by James A. Crawford
their attorney to William W. Duff was produced to me in my
office on the 2nd day of May 1840 and acnd by the said
James A. Crawford attorney as afsd to be his act and deed
for the purposes therein mentioned.
Whereupon the said deed together with this certificate
is truly recorded, this 2nd day of May 1840.
Alex R McKee ck

According to the ‘Early History of Gentry County’ published in the 13 February 1936 edition of the Albany Ledger (Albany, Missouri), Aristippus Brown was living in Miller Township of Gentry County about 1845.

In June of 1845, Aristippus Brown of Mills Township was appointed justice of the peace according to the History of Davies and Gentry Counties.

In July 1847, Aristippus Brown sold land in Gentry County being a fractional part of section 33, Township 56 range 33 containing twenty five acres. The deed did not mention a wife.

Gentry County, Missouri
Deeds v. C-D 1842-1850
FS Film 1005936 DGS 8593563

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This deed, made and entered into this twelfth day of July, eighteen hundred and
forty seven by and between Aristippus Brown of Gentry County and State of Missouri
of the first part, and William R. Powe of Clinton County and State of Missouri of the
second part, witnesseth, that the said party of the first part for and in consideration
of the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars to him in hand paid by the said party
of the second part receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged has granted,
bargains and sold, and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell, convey and
confirm unto the said party of the second part, and to his heirs and assigns forever,
a certain tract, piece or parcel of land, lying and being in the County of Clinton and
State of Missouri to wit: the lot or South part of fractional section thirty three (33)
in Township fifty six(56) of range thirty three (33) containing twenty five acres
and twenty hundredths of an acre more or less. To have and to hold the same, with all
the rights privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining
unto him, the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever; the said Aris
tippus Brown, party of the first part hereby covenanting that he his heirs executors and ad-
ministrators will warrant and defend the title to the said premises and every part thereof,

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to him the said party of the second part & to his heirs and assigns, against the lawful
claim or claims of all and every person or persons whatsoever, claiming or to claim the
same or any part thereof.
It witness whereof, the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and
seal, the day and year first herein written.
Aristippus Brown (SS)
Done in presence of
State of Missouri
County of Clinton ss
Be it remembered that on this twelfth day of July eighteen
hundred and forty seven, before me, the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court with-
in and for the County aforesaid, personally came Aristippus Brown, who is personally
known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument
of writing, as party thereto, and he acknowledged the same to be his act and deed
for the purposes therein mentioned.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal
(S.S.) of said Court, on the day and year above written.
Winslow Turner, Clerk
Mem. The foregoing deed was received by me for record on the 12th day of
July A.D. 1847.
Winslow Turner, Recorder.

In June 1848, Aristippus Brown filed patents for two tracts of land in Gentry County, Missouri. Certificate 5112 was for 40 acres in section 1, Township 60 Range 31. Certificate 4664 was for the SE 1/4 Section 36, Township 60, Range 31. (Bureau of Land Management)

Certificate
No. 5112


The United States of America
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas, Aristippus Brown, of Gentry County, Missouri
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land Office at Plattsburg whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said
Aristippus Brown
according to the provisions of the
Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands,” for
Lot number One of the North East fractional quarter
of section one in Township sixty one of Range thirty
one in the District of Lands subject to sale as Platts
burg, Missouri, containing, Forty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of said lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tract has been purchased by the said
Aristippus Brown
Now Know ye, that the
United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress,
in such case made and provided, Have given and granted, and by these presents do Give and Grant,
unto the said, Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs, the said tract above described; to have and to hold the same, together with all the rights
privileges, immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said
Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs and assigns forever
In Testimony whereof, I James K Polk
President of the United States of American, have caused these letters to be made Patent, and
the seal, of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of June
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight and of the 
Independence of the United States the seventy second
by the President; James K Polk
by J F Stephens [Afor} Sec’y
S H Laughlin Recorder of the General Land Office

______

Bureau of Land Management
Patent Image

Pre-Emption
Certificate
No. 4664


The United States of America

To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas Aristippus Brown of Gentry County Missouri
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land Office at Plattsburg, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said
Aristippus Brown
according to the provisions of the
Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands,” for
the South East quarter of Section Thirty Six in Township Sixty
two of Range Thirty one in the District of Lands subject to 
sale at Plasttsburg Missouri containing one hundred and 
sixty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Aristippus Brown
Now Know ye, that the
United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress,
in such case made and provided, Have given and granted, and by these presents do Give and Grant,
unto the said Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs, the said tract above described: to have and to hold the same, together with all the rights,
privileges, immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging unto the said Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I James K Polk
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and
the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the Tenth day of June
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight and of the
independence of the United States the twenty second
By the President: James K Polk
by J K Stephens [Sfor] Sec’y
S. H. Laughlin, Recorder of the General Land Office

In 1876, Aristippus Brown was listed on the California Voter Registration records living in Lake County, California.

I’m hoping that by learning more about Aristippus Brown, his wife Elizabeth Crawford and her siblings I’ll be able to determine whether the Isaac and Nancy Crawford of Jefferson County, Indiana is the Isaac Crawford who married Nancy Miller in Garrard County, Kentucky.